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Lacrosse Advances to Fifth USA South Championship Match

Lilia Cruz

LAGRANGE, Ga. -- The top-seeded Meredith College lacrosse Angels advanced to the USA South Conference Tournament Championship for the fifth consecutive year with a 24-6 victory over the fourth-seed Greensboro Pride. Meredith will face the second-seeded Piedmont Lions for the fifth time in the finals to defend their title.

Piedmont edged third-seed Methodist 14-13 in the second semifinal to advance to Saturday's pairing slated for a 1 p.m. draw at Callaway Stadium in LaGrange, Georgia, as part of the league's Spring Festival.

Led by five points from three-time USA South Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year Carlee Joseph, Meredith scored 12 goals before Greensboro attempted their first shot. Avenging Angel Holly Hite collected six of her nine draw controls during those first 12 plays, and Meredith's defense caused a Pride turnover on the three occasions GC came up with control.

Greensboro found the net on three attempts through the rest of the period, but Meredith remained in clear control with a 16-3 advantage at the break.

Julie Capretti scored a pair of goals and Jordyn King one to open the second half with continued momentum from the Angels. Maria Codispoti added one more for a four-goal match total as MC Lax cruised to their 32nd consecutive victory versus USA South opponents.

Joseph tallied a match-high five goals with three assists, and Hite finished with three goals, one assist, adding four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Capretti and King notched three goals apiece, and Lilia Cruz and Sarah Arbes netted two apiece. Defender Cameron Ruffin forced two turnovers with three draws and two ground balls.

Each of Meredith's keepers spent time in goal for the Angels with starting rookie Joy Deitrich recording the win. Stephanie Carr collected 10 saves in the loss for the Pride.

Follow tomorrow's live tournament action HERE.